[kwlug-disc] Decrease boot time
paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Thu Dec 17 15:07:05 EST 2009
--- On Thu, 12/17/09, Lori Paniak <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> Win7 boots quickly. It is all the crap-ware loaded on
> the machine that
> takes forever to start up.
One aspect of the trend towards "Desktop Linux" that I really hate is that we now hide the bootup messages. Personally I dislike Windows bootup because I don't know what is happening. Now that Ubuntu and friends are just doing progress bars (or worse yet sliders) I don't know whether the machine is just slow to boot or whether it is hanging entirely.
I do not mind a bootup time of several minutes provided that:
0. I can see what is going on well enough to know that bootup is progressing normally.
1. When the machine says it is booted then it is responsive -- I don't like this "log in, and then see the desktop, and then be unable to do anything for ANOTHER ten minutes" garbage.
2. The bootup time is reasonably consistent, so that I know I can go away for a set period of time and come back to a booted machine.
Unfortunately I believe we are moving in the wrong direction around this. But I am also a curmudgeonly old dinosaur who holds the minority opinion. Informative bootup messages "scare people", after all.
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